People gathered for Freeway Park in Bloom 2022. (Freeway Park Association)

The Urbanist recently reported on Seattle snagging the 8th slot in the Trust for Public Land’s 2023 national ParkScore index. 

In this episode, Natalie Argerious speaks with the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Linda Hwang, Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation for the Land and People Lab, and Ronda Lee Chapman, Equity Director, about their organization’s work to create more quality public parks across the US. 

Whether its research, advocacy, or community outreach, TPL is involved in a lot of interesting efforts. The pandemic showed us how important parks are to people’s health and well-being, yet an estimated 100 million Americans lack easy access to one. 

As mentioned in the episode TPL has also recently launched a podcast, People. Nature. Big Ideas, featuring conversations about how our connection with the natural environment helps build vibrant communities. Be sure to check it out. 

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Natalie Bicknell Argerious (she/her) is a reporter and podcast host at The Urbanist. She previously served as managing editor. A passionate urban explorer since childhood, she loves learning how to make cities more inclusive, vibrant, and environmentally resilient. You can often find her wandering around Seattle's Central District and Capitol Hill with her dogs and cat. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.